McLaren, Space Coupe, Presidential Convertible: Our 10 Favorite My Ride Cars of 2022

Dan Smith

The WSJ's weekly My Ride column has featured interesting people telling amazing stories about cars for almost a decade. race car, hearse, exotic motorcyclesa century ago horseless carriage— covered almost everything. As we ring in the new year, we look back at some of the most memorable stories from 2022.

She never intended to own such an amazing Chevrolet Corvair
During the pandemic, Citlalli “Lolly” Gonzalez decided to pursue her goal of owning a classic car. She bought this 1965 Chevrolet her Corvair Monza for just her $5,000. A tax and marketing consultant living in Santa Ana, Calif., she decked out her Chevrolet for the Day of the Dead, and with the photos for My Ride, she recreated that vision.

Citlalli 'Lolly' Gonzalez's 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza — dressed up for Day of the Dead.

Photo: Ryan Shude of The Wall Street Journal
Spaceship vehicles are ready for takeoff
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, car customization by the late Bill Cushenberry was highly respected, and he did custom work for Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra. This space his coupe was a project he never completed. Barry Gremillion, Los Angeles-based film and television location manager, communicated the original vision for the Cushenberry and has been working to perfect the car for over a decade. The space coupe was nearly complete when Gremillion's My Ride debuted in February. "Sixty years later, in 2023, we plan to present his finished masterpiece," he said in a follow-up interview.

Weld scars showing the seams of various body pieces on the Bill Cushenberry Space Coupe.

Photo: The Wall Street Journal's Jose Mandojana
You went to high school by bus. he took the rocket
Henry Mann is the founder of Manncorp, a manufacturer of electronic assembly equipment, and grew up in a Philadelphia housing project. It's not far from where I store my collection of over 60 cars. At age 15, he bought his 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 convertible. The car was very popular at the time and spawned the hit R&B song "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston. Today, Mann owns the same Rocket 88 that he bought decades ago. The latest addition to his collection: the new Ford GT Alan Mann Heritage Edition. Not a rocket, but over 200 mph.

Henry Mann's first car was a very similar 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 Convertible.

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Marcus Scribner and his father bond on a classic muscle car
You may know Marcus Scribner from the TV shows "Black-ish" and "Grow-ish." In off-set time, he and his father Troy his Scribner can be seen driving around Los Angeles in this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. It's the dream car Troy bought for his 50th birthday in 2021. "My cousin Kenny picked me up in a Chevelle to go see the movie Extraterrestrials and I've loved my Chevelle ever since." We bond while taking Chevelle to weekend car shows.

Troy Scribner, Marcus Scribner and their 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

Photo: Julian James of The Wall Street Journal
Nothing You Drive In College Is Cooler Than This Fire Truck
"I've wanted a fire truck my whole life," Shaun Robinson said on My Ride last January. , he spent about $300 on tickets. He won and has been working ever since to bring the truck used by the fire department of a small town in Maine to full operation. Top speed: 44 mph. Mr. Robinson, an auto restoration specialist, recently moved to Florida. This fire engine is parked at my girlfriend's house in the Sunshine State. "Her whole family was like, 'Yeah, stop,'" he said. "It worked out pretty well."

Sean Robinson won this 1982 Mack CF fire truck in a raffle and is now back in full working order.

Photo: Christopher Smith of The Wall Street Journal
Her Toyota was made for a racing legend
The late John Weinberger — who raced cars and owned dealerships in the Midwest — loved cars. So when his wife Lisa wanted to buy his Weinberger a race car over 20 years ago, he needed something special. This his 1972 Toyota Celica fits the bill. It was originally built as a race car by Janet Guthrie (both her 1977), the first woman to compete in the Daytona 500 and Indy 500. Since then, Mr. Weinberger has been driving around the country with this Celica. She uses the racing number 40 because her age was 40 when she first drove a Toyota.

Lisa Weinberger's 1972 Toyota Celica race car.

Photo: Lyndon French of The Wall Street Journal
His dream Ducati is so rare that he built his own
Structural engineer Konrad Eriksen's garage in Reno, Nevada is the sanctuary of his love of motorcycles. he has many vehicles piece de resistance is a 1982 Ducati TT2 replica racing bike, assembled using Ducati parts, a 650 cubic centimeter twin-cylinder engine, and other parts found on the Internet or made by myself. "It took time," he said. Some of these parts had to be made three times. ” Eriksen and his wife will visit the Ducati factory in Italy in 2023.

Konrad Eriksen's garage is Ducati's motorcycle mecca.

Photo: Wall Street Journal David Calvert
Studebaker's story of love, loss and legacy
Alec Childress is a retired construction worker who is a school crossing guard in Skokie, Illinois. In the late 1980s, a close friend of his gave him this 1939 Studebaker Champion as a gift. That special friend has since passed away, but Childress still cherishes the champion."I was so honored when he gave it to me," he said. And he knew how much I loved cars. Mr. Childress recently stored the champion for the winter. "For an 83-year-old car, it's not that bad," he said. "Same as the same 83-year-old owner."

Alec Childress and the 1939 Studebaker Champion.

Photo: The Wall Street Journal's Mustafa Hussain
She drove home from school in a presidential convertible
Marisa Gustafson, a freelance video producer living in Carlsbad, California, has childhood memories of being driven home from school in her father's 1977 Lincoln Continental convertible. Later in life she inherited her car. This Lincoln was used by the US Secret Service at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. In 2019, Ms. Gustafson traveled in her car to Georgia where she met Ms. Carter and attended the Plains Peanuts Festival parade. In 2023, Classic She plans to ship the car to Sweden for her cruising.

Marisa Gustafsson and the 1977 Lincoln Continental.

Photo: Samuel Trotter of The Wall Street Journal
His McLaren is one of the hardest-to-find cars in the world.
British exotic car maker McLaren built just 106 Speedtails. Longtime McLaren fan Miami real estate developer Gil Dezer found this 2020 Speedtail of his in California after driving about 700 miles. With a top speed of 250 mph, it is the fastest production car McLaren has ever built. It's not like Mr. Dezer has that speed in the neighborhood. One of his favorite things about this car is that it has his 1 seat in front and his 3 seats in the back. "I can fit both of my kids into it," he said. "That was the main motivation for buying the car in the first place."

The doors are open for Gil Dezer's 2020 McLaren Speedtail.

Photo: Melody Timothy of The Wall Street Journal

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